|Dynema loops and bronze snap hook.|
|Mainsail reefing tack and micro block.|
|First try: angled sockets.|
The solution was to raise the sockets 1/2-3/4". I did not see an elegant solution with the current angled sockets, so I removed them, fared the gunwale, fashioned new pads from cherry scraps, and fitted standard sockets to them.
|New cherry pad temporarily mounted.|
|Old mounting holes plugged.|
Socket pads are now epoxied onto the boat. Varnish coats will have to wait for some warmer couple of days. Epoxy was coated inside the body of the pad as well as inside the hole now in the gunnel for the socket and horn to protrude and weep any water that might otherwise collect.